How to Make Small Spaces Seem Bigger

Get more from small spaces by fooling the eye, maximizing its use and taking advantage of space-saving furniture

When I was 8 years old, I got my first bedroom. It wasn't much bigger than a walk-in closet — in fact, it's used as a closet today — but I loved it back then because it was mine. I'd while away the hours rearranging things to get maximum use out of every inch. (Needless to say, I didn't have a lot of friends.)

You'd think that experience would have instilled an aversion to small spaces in me, but the opposite is actually true. Even though I stand well over 6 feet tall, I've always preferred small houses. I find them cozier and more inviting. They're better for the environment. And let's face it: Sometimes small is all we can afford. But there are decorating tricks you can do to make a small space live large.

How to Make Any Small Room Seem Bigger

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